Bit of a Tangent

008 | Design Your Workouts, but Evolve Your Algorithms!

July 29, 2019

In this episode, Jared and Gianluca throw caution to the wind and discuss their most controversial topic yet: what they think might be the best way to exercise! Specifically, they summarise the thesis behind the book ‘Body By Science’ by John Little and Doug McGuff and reveal their own workout routines. Along the way they also explore the field of evolutionary programming and genetic algorithms (hint: Gianluca just published his research paper on the topic!) and what these techniques could bring to the design of complex structures and systems!



Gianluca’s research paper - “Warfarin dose estimation on multiple datasets with automated hyperparameter optimisation and a novel software framework”: 

Genetic programming/evolutionary algorithms: 

Evolved wind-turbines: 

Random walk: 

Monte Carlo simulation: 

Robin Hanson book - “The Elephant in The Brain”:

Robin Hanson blog on signalling: 

Julia Galef’s podcast, “Rationally Speaking”: 

The halo effect: 

Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by John Little, Doug McGuff: 

A podcast by Tim Ferriss on the so-called “1-minute workout”: 

Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan Experience: 

Via negativa thinking (and other mental models) at Farnam Street Blog: 

Lateral shoulder raises tutorial: 

Dr Rhonda Patrick on sauna use and heat:

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